Williams-Rhodes Named To Watch List
Aug. 19, 2015

BOISE, Idaho – Senior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes was named to the third annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Watch List, the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday.

The announcement marks the fourth preseason watch list to which Williams-Rhodes has been named prior to the 2015 campaign. Earlier this summer Williams-Rhodes was named a candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, Wuerffel Trophy and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in the FBS who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college.

Last year, Boise State running back Jay Ajayi was one of five finalists for the award.

Williams-Rhodes was born in Texas, hails from Spring, Texas and played his prep career at Klein Collins High School in his hometown. He is one of 39 student-athletes on the watch list and one of 11 wide receivers, the most-represented position on the list.

On the field, Williams-Rhodes is a triple threat as a receiver, rusher and returner, leading Boise State last year in receptions (68) and touchdown catches (seven) while racking up 585 receiving yards and 179 on the ground. On special teams he averaged 8.5 yards over a team-high 18 punts returns.

The Spring, Texas native finished 2014 tied for second in the Mountain West with his seven touchdown grabs and his 68 catches ranked fourth. For his outstanding performance he was named All-Mountain West honorable mention for the second year in a row.

Williams-Rhodes enters the 2015 campaign fifth all-time at Boise State with 170 career receptions, and needs 75 to eclipse Matt Miller's (2011-14) school record of 244. In last year's opener against Ole Miss, Williams-Rhodes hauled in a career-best 14 passes, tying for the third-highest single-game total in school history. In 2013, he caught 77 passes, a figure that ranks fourth on Boise State's single-season list.

Boise State opens its 2015 campaign Friday, Sept. 4, hosting Washington at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Broncos Named To 2015 Preseason Watch Lists

Head Coach Bryan Harsin
Bobby Dodd Trophy

DE Kamalei Correa
Chuck Bednarik Award
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Rotary Lombardi Award
Polynesian College Football Player of the Year

CB Donte Deayon
Jim Thorpe Award

C Marcus Henry
Rotary Lombardi Award
Outland Trophy
Rimington Trophy

OT Rees Odhiambo
Rotary Lombardi Award
Outland Trophy

WR Thomas Sperbeck
Fred Biletnikoff Award

S Darian Thompson
Walter Camp Player of the Year
Chuck Bednarik Award
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Jim Thorpe Award

LB Tanner Vallejo
Rotary Lombardi Award

WR Shane Williams-Rhodes
Paul Hornung Award
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Wuerffel Trophy
Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee

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